When most people in San Diego think about dogs, they envision fun-loving companions or service animals. However, dogs can, and often do, attack. The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that 4.5 million people in the U.S. suffer dog bites each year. Of those dog attack victims, 20 percent need medical attention to treat their injuries. While, for some, the wounds may eventually heal, people may experience a range of long-term effects as a result of dog bite injuries.
It is common for people who have been attacked by dogs to suffer puncture wounds, cuts, scrapes, tears and other physical trauma. Depending on the severity of these injuries, people may suffer disfigurement or scarring. Beyond experiencing damage to their physical appearances, dog attack victims may sustain partial or full paralysis, suffer from mobility issues or require amputation.